* Posts by Mike Pellatt

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

Mike Pellatt

Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

Ambulance driver missed signs of sepsis

You are Jeremy Hunt and I Claim My Five Pounds.

For your information, the people you are presumably referring to there, who are qualified to make certain diagnoses and carry out certain treatments, are professionals whose job title is Paramedic. They are not Ambulance Drivers, despite the Health Secretary's recent repeated attempts to down-classify them every time he mentions them in a speech. He's yet to change his language.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

Mike Pellatt

Re: 'Ow Yorkshire?

Certainly did at that campsite in the Dales in the late 60's whose facilities consisted of an earth closet.

Proper camping, that was.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

Mike Pellatt

"Not operated in the UK for years"

I have here a job ad that I saved away from them, in London, for a Linux Engineer, dated Sep 2014. Not that long ago, except in "Internet Years, pah"

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Cutting edge security: Expensive kit won't save you

Mike Pellatt

Re: So who pays for this in the outsourced world?

Absolutely. Especially when it comes to properly managing "need-to-know" access granularity. It seems to me that it's impossible for this not to be a highly labour-intensive activity.

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

Mike Pellatt

Jim Hacker's Department of Administrative Affairs is alive and well, its 21st Century incarnation being GDS.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Mike Pellatt

Re: "We are putting a lot of trust in the developer”

Much like the response when world+dog with any security knowledge told them ActiveX would be a disaster for security. "But it's what our users want" said MS.

That ended well, didn't it ?

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Microsoft account-hijacking hole closed 48 hours after bug report

Mike Pellatt

"Despite CSRF bugs not having the same credibility as other bugs....."

Really ???

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

Mike Pellatt

Looks like the MIT scientists who deep-dived the Linux kernel for tSCOg and Darl have moved on to bigger and better things.

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Rejoice, sysadmins, there's a new glamour job nobody understands

Mike Pellatt

<Catherine Tate>

I can do that.

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Mike Pellatt

Isn't that an embedded systems architect, renamed ?

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

Mike Pellatt
Facepalm

Isotope reset

I read it. "Isotope reset" does not change the half-life of any isotope. It determines the ratios of isotopes in the sample.

Next.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Charging...

The one massive problem with ALL renewable power sources is that the are INTERMITTENT and can not supply base load.

And the massive problem when nuclear came along was that it was slow to turn on and off (and the problems weren't just with the reactors - I saw the video of what happened to the stator end windings on a 600MW set when it went from 0 to full load...) ie constant generation, whilst the load was variable - sort of the converse of wind/solar/tidal.

It's why Cruachan and Dinorwic were constructed in the first place. And they can do the same job for renewables - store until needed.

Anyway, we've kicked the can a decade or two down the road by extending the life of a number of existing nukes.

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Mike Pellatt

You have seen the terms of "free" solar installations, haven't you ?

Renting your roof to the installation company (or its successors/financiers) for 25 years.

Neat idea, that.

For the solar installer.

Not for the homeowner.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Bah!

replenishing from a renewable resource ?? Yes, on a geological timescale.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: If you read the statement they are making specific claims

And we won't be able to use the ones left, coz they're all Grade 2 listed so can't be modified.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Green Prince of Darkness....the "sustainable" fraud....

Even accepting (which of course I don't) the second half of the sentence in the quoted assertion, it's still faux science, because the first half of the sentence doesn't tell us (other than by implcation) which isotope of Uranium is being referred to.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Green Prince of Darkness....the "sustainable" fraud....

I know I shouldn't have gone there, but just for the lulz I visited your website. In one essay (Nullius in Verba, presumably yours) I found:

"Uranium has a half life of 4.5 billion years in laboratory conditions but the decay rate is unknown and unpredictable in the Earths molten mantle"

This assertion tells me who is the faux scientist in one sentence.

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

Mike Pellatt

Amongst all the screaming

Just remember that to exploit the vulnerability requires a compromised upstream DNS server, or MTM vector.

If that's happened, m'lud, I'd submit that this vuln is the least of your problems.

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

Mike Pellatt

Re: Tortious interference claims ..

Thanks for your ref. Now, that's interesting. The post has an insert headed "Update: 2014". Groklaw "closed" on 20th August 2013. All I had been aware of happening since then was updates to the various timelines (pretty much SCO vs IBM) and 2 or 3 new "news picks".

And those news picks have some PJ comments too, so it's not just Mathfox.

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The trustee (sic) in bankruptcy and his cohorts made sure they bled the corpse dry. There was a few million kicking around that they sucked out. The accounts are there on Groklaw.

It was the sundry creditors who got screwed most of all. Including the local pizza place.

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Mike Pellatt

Kodak - ex-Interactive Unix. The only "other" Unix on 80386 in the mid-80s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_Systems_Corporation

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Mike Pellatt
Joke

Yabut... The BSD implementation of true(1) doesn't give you any help. A serious omission, IMHO.

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

Mike Pellatt

Re: actually the *86 goes back to the 8008 .

And one of the guys in my year at IC built a telephone switch using one as his final year project....

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

Mike Pellatt

Re: Groklaw shut down in 2013

As a blog, yes.

But the timeline and document repository from the various cases (in practice, SCO vs IBM) continues to be updated.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: time for IBM to get angry

I thought they were already in Chapter 7.... <clickety-click>.... Yes, converted 24 August 2012

http://groklaw.net/pdf3/SCOGBK-1439.pdf

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Mike Pellatt

Re: How many conclusions

Yabut.... The esteemed Trustee in Bankruptcy swore blind to the Delaware Bankruptcy court that there was a really, really good chance of winning against Novell. Despite utterly losing that case, I guess he can't backtrack on the rest of the litigation's chances.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: “why do SCO's backers keep it alive?”

David Boies' law firm undertook to carry on (this part of) the litigation until its conclusion for a fixed fee, and, if I remember correctly, a share in any settlement. So they're contractually obliged to the "trustee"-in-bankruptcy to carry on this farce.

But that was for legal fees, not expenses. Which is why things are now moving at a glacial pace. Boies et al know the chances of profit!!!! are very low, so they really are doing the bare minimum.

So the answer to the question is - it was all paid for up-front a decade or so ago. You'll note that Microsoft had some involvement in one round of funding back then. Allegedly.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

Mike Pellatt

Re: Look at all the people that care

Cats ?

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Docker bags unikernel gurus – now you can be just like Linus Torvalds

Mike Pellatt

Re: So a unikernel

But given most developers run everything at the highest level they could so it's easier to code, I won't be surprised if this stuff becomes common.

That. x100.

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Linode: Back at last after ten days of hell

Mike Pellatt

Region blocking is pretty much SOP for many organisations for SMTP traffic, and has been for years. This just extends it down to the IP level :-)

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

Mike Pellatt

then the windows fall out

Or the architects decide that concave ones would look nice. Then they inexplicably focus sunlight onto the roadway below and damage cars.

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Mike Pellatt

Re: High level languages?

Is there any other way to write Perl code ?

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Cycle times < 1MHz

Clock rates <1MHz. 4 clocks per cycle if you were lucky :-)

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Mike Pellatt

Re: HP Mainframes job open?

2100 was more of a controller

I only called it a mini 'coz the lab one had a teletype attached :-) I seem to remember programming an ISR for the keyboard was the task we had.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: Replace technology drudgery by automated life-cycle convention.

If you don't realise why he's been so royally downvoted, oh well.....

I'm sure you'd just love the reputation of being the guy who lost 2 deep space probes that had gone the furthest of any manmade object and had been doing just fine for decades. Through your bright idea for how Things Could Be Done Better.

Seems you couldn't be arsed to upvote him, either.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: HP Mainframes job open?

HP 2100 not a mainframe, 'twas a desktop mini.

2nd year elec eng, 1974/5, programming it was part of the optional computing course.

We had to write the assembler, then hand-assemble it into the machine code, then enter it in with the front panel pushbuttons.

I thus gained an intuitive understanding of how instructions are decoded, logic flows through the ALU, and the way an ISR works.

Can I have the job please ?? I still don't "get" object-orientation :-)

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

Mike Pellatt

110 million PCs can't be wrong

That's priceless. Absolutely priceless.

The phrase "Eat shit. 100 billion flies can't be wrong" instantly entered the front of my consciousness. Who else did that happen to ???

Clearly not the Microsoft markerdroids

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

Mike Pellatt

Re: Blind leading the blind, blindly then?

No, not really.

You guys elect your judges in many states - which would take away May's argument over that straight away (if it had any validity in the first place). However, do tell me how well that one's working out for you.

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Patch this braXen bug: Hypervisor hole lets guest VMs hijack hosts

Mike Pellatt

Re: C

C++ - agreed

C - show me another language which delivers damn near the same performance as assembler and allows explicit access to all the machine's registers (both of which are crucial for an operating system - I remember the OS that Olivetti wrote in Pascal) whilst giving you at last some decent higher-level constructs,and then I'd agree. And assembler with macros pretending to be higher-level isn't allowed. That's what we had before C.

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

Mike Pellatt
Facepalm

Re: "The European Parliament is essentially tossing a hot potato...

I looked.

It's 3 years old. A couple of decades, or more, in "Internet Time" (I feel dirty for saying that....)

Legislation trumps any voluntary code.

So the point is ?

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So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

Mike Pellatt

Re: The NSA just recommended dropping ECC

"This is about computer networks"

I'd make the case that this isn't about computer networks, but about communication networks. In which case, they most certainly did exist. With exactly the same challenge to address as today's networks - how to communicate securely over an insecure medium.

In WW2, the medium was morse code transmitted over HF radio. This was easily intercepted with a sufficient number of skilled operators at sufficient receiving stations. These operators are amongst the unsung heroes - accurately transcribing random characters is far harder than plain language.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

Mike Pellatt

Re: Scientists

If you've never heard of him, you've clearly watched very little Star Trek.

Two words. Dyson Sphere.

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

Mike Pellatt

Re: This is why I love the bbc

just large and with various bits that dont talk to other bits

Net result, the organisation says one thing and does another.

Hypocrisy, n.:

a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.

I daresay that attribute in a human is derived from the same root cause - bits of the brain that ought to talk to each other but don't.

Knowledge of the means by which a behaviour occurs doesn't alter the behaviour itself or its effect on others.

Also known as "an explanation isn't an excuse"

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Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

Mike Pellatt
WTF?

"steps must be taken to ensure that critical customer information is protected regardless of where it is in the supply chain."

So, tell me Mr Outsourcing Provider Salesdroid - how I can do that (with extra special emphasis on the word "ensure") without spending damn' nearly as much as (or very possibly more than) I'd have to to do the whole thing myself in the first place ??

Gone very quiet, all of a sudden.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

Mike Pellatt

Re: I quite

its a pre-watershed show and we cant scare the kiddies too much...

I feel sorry for today's little kiddies, who will never, ever have memories of hiding behind the sofa from Daleks and Cybermen. So sad to miss such a vital part of growing up.

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Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

Mike Pellatt

Re: Still relevant

Yeah, well, I thought it was pretty clear that I was referring to the hardware layer on wired networks of a certain topology.

This whole subthread is pointing out that fixed-period retries is well-recognised as A Bad Idea. Has been for a Very Long Time.

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Mike Pellatt

Re: No exponential backoff?

No just (or even) DECNet - it's fundamental to CSMA-CD working properly, else everyone would keep trying to transmit at the same time.

With today's star network topology with switches and FDX links, rather than a shared bus, it's not relevant.

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If you absolutely must do a ‘private cloud’ thing, here's how

Mike Pellatt

Re: Application running as root

If I had my way, any requirement to run as root (*nix) or with Admin privileges would immediately rule out use of that piece of software.

What's even more depressing is that when a vendor claims that requirement, they don't really need it. I had this wit an accounts package - when questioned, it turned out they only needed write permissions to one - yes, just one - registry entry. Properly setting the permission on that entity enabled the app to run in the logged-in user's privilege context.

For some reason, accounts apps seem to be the worst at this. We had it at Olivetti in the early 80's with the app developers for the S6000. A large clue-by-four was needed.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

Mike Pellatt

Re: @LucreLout - Pyhrric victory

There are two slogans that are utterly meaningless when it comes to managing a country's finances.

These are

"Living within your means"

and

"Flogging off the family silver"

My bullshit meter goes to 100 when I see either of those used. Which is pretty much anything from either side of the political debate on how the macro UK economy should be run.

Maggie did economic debate a massive non-service when she compared UK finance to running household finances.

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Mike Pellatt

A monkey....

A monkey with the correct colour rosette would win here.

Wait did I say would?

Exactly what I used to say about Surbiton constituency in the 60's and 70's when Sir Nigel Fisher was MP.

A constituency merger and boundary changes, and the '97 GE, and look what happened.

Epsom & Ewell, on the other hand.....

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